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Old 09-10-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hunkered down in a Dutch Star, Hurricane Irma

I have evacuated in our 2004 Dutch Star to Charleston, SC (Lake Aire Campground) Winds will be about 26 mph tomorrow, with possible gusts of 40 mph.
Charleston has been spared the brunt of the storm. My question is: Has anyone experienced winds over 25 mph while stationary in a 40 foot DSDP. Our other 2000 DSDP (38 ft) experienced, no problems when parked outside while in storage on Hilton Head Island. Just curious!
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Stationary and on jacks you will feel some rocking and rolling but should be fine if you bring in your slides. The reason to bring them in is to protect your topper awnings. You might also consider lowering any OTA antenna or sat dishes you have.
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I'd certainly close my slides... but I would surmise it shouldn't be a problem... we've all driven in 25 mph cross winds...
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My question is: Has anyone experienced winds over 25 mph while stationary in a 40 foot DSDP.
Yes. While parked at our home base, we have been slammed with 90 MPH broadside gusts with no issues. Wind strong enough to blow a 30,000 lbs coach over, would be somewhere well north of 100 MPH.

If you are able to park facing into the wind will certainly help. Also recommend tying down your slide toppers and awning. From experience, found a strong gust can find its way under a topper, even with the slide retracted.
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We experienced 92MPH winds last year in North Dakota. I woke up and for the first time in 18 years of RVing almost pulled the slides in! One suggestion, if you're parked, increase your rigs weight by filling your fresh water tank.
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I have evacuated in our 2004 Dutch Star to Charleston, SC (Lake Aire Campground) Winds will be about 26 mph tomorrow, with possible gusts of 40 mph.
Charleston has been spared the brunt of the storm. My question is: Has anyone experienced winds over 25 mph while stationary in a 40 foot DSDP. Our other 2000 DSDP (38 ft) experienced, no problems when parked outside while in storage on Hilton Head Island. Just curious!
We were in Golden Colorado about 10 years ago when the DownSlope/Santa Anna winds blew for over an Hour at 90 mph and over 75 mphfor over 6 hours - we pulled in the slides and just rode it out, no damage other than Paint chips from the stones. a couple of empty 5th wheels were blown off the jacks (Pushed them so hard they just bent) but nothing was damaged other than the stones on the paint or against the fiberglass.

Think you will be fine - these things are driven at well over 75 mph so the wind speed should not be an issue.

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I have a 22,000 coach and went through 50mph side winds with no problem (other than blowing away our satellite dish which I had not secured very well). So your heavier coach should be just fine.
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Yes. We have experience 35-40 mph gust in Amarillo TX for a night. Quite a bit of shaking but no issues in the morning. Be Safe!! 2006 DSDP 4024
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We are currently in NE Alabama. The winds are supposed to be around 35 - 40 here. Depending on the direction and intensity, I may pull the slides, but I really don't think it will be a problem. The storm's eye went right over our house in Ft. Myers and now it's chasing us...
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Great lesson learned

Well we made it with little or no problems, except maybe running out of beer!
Winds of 40 mph and sideways heavy rain. Lost power, have no fear, generator here. (14 hours) Went back home next day when Hilton Head Island re-opened for residences. Good experience and great reminder why I will only own a Newmar. Well built, stable, well insulated Motor home.
Thanks all for your comments. Dutch Star Rocks! But not literally
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Well we made it with little or no problems, except maybe running out of beer!
Good to hear you made it OK. Not sure how you survived the beer shortage though
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It got a little scary but my Son in law brought me some more beer. I was down to two left. It was to close.
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Well we made it with little or no problems, except maybe running out of beer!
Winds of 40 mph and sideways heavy rain. Lost power, have no fear, generator here. (14 hours) Went back home next day when Hilton Head Island re-opened for residences. Good experience and great reminder why I will only own a Newmar. Well built, stable, well insulated Motor home.
Thanks all for your comments. Dutch Star Rocks! But not literally
Obviously have to upgrade the coach to a bigger fridge. Perhaps a tow behind!!! LOL
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